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I am a Mississippi Published Professional Photographer,Published Amazon Author "Grady Clark" Book Cover Artist,actress member of the : Jackson Photographic Society, former member Mississippi Writers Guild 2007-2011,Southern Writers Group Southern Humorist, Womens Anglers & Hunters Too ! ,,Women Writing the West, Western Writers Of America by association with my husband, western fict

Background Information

I am a published Mississippi photographer / free- lance writer, actress who loves to shoot most anything from a beautiful wedding to a civil war reenactment. I am the wife of " W. R. Benton". I also use the pen name: "Dahlia Patton." I love to write short stories on spy murder mysteries as well as love stories in the old west... I am looking to see to see my 1st book in print soon. "A Southern Moon Rising" has been released on July 3, 2008 by: Saga books. I also want to work on illustrating children's books as well. I was on my high school paper staff ( The Meridian Wild Cat 1976- 1977 ) as a writer and staff artist and the need to express myself has pushed me this far.. I have done my first piece of photo journalism piece in a Mississippi magazine called: "Today's Mississippi Woman" in the March 2007 issue. I have been on tv 3 times in 2006 due to my photography and the fact I did all 4 book covers for "The Drum Series" for my husband western -fiction writer: "W. R. Benton " . I with my husband run an on line redneck and southern humor newspaper called "The Possum Holler Gazette"
My grandmother on my dad's side had always influenced me as a child growing up that there wasn't "anything I couldn't do as long as I put my mind to it". Her guidance is the one thing that has carried me through a lot of tough times coming through the years. My one article "My Wonderful Granny " is my tribute to her : "Nina Tucker Calvert" from Kemper County,Mississippi is the driving force behind my writing, just knowing she might be sitting on a cloud looking down and smiling at me and rooting for me as I keep climbing a step at a time.              

Birth Place
Jackson, MS USA

I am a member of the: Jackson Photographic Society out of Jackson, Ms. Southern Writers Group, Southern Humorist,Tupelo Film Alliance, Women Anglers and Hunters Too , Outdoor Envy: A outdoor site for women. Mississippi Wildlife Federation, Mississippi Writers Guild located out of Meridian, Ms. and the prestigious Western Writers Of America by my association with my husband: W. R. Benton. I am also western - fiction writer I am a member of: Women Writing the West." " W R Benton's " book cover artist for "The Drum Series" and the book " Blood Mountain " video on you tube at: "The Drum Series" "Silently Beats The Drum"

As of April 1st, 2008 I have been nominated for a Mentor "Strong Women" award. This award is sponsored by: Baptist Health Systems, Lifetime Television For Women and Comcast Spotlight.

I was a featured blogger for the Clarion-Ledger's website under: "Outdoors"

. Melanie’s article, “Down On The Old Farm (Reaching For The Stars’ published in the
June 2008 issue of “Desoto” magazine.
Melanie’s article, “The Boat That Wouldn’t Float” published in the Oxford SO & SO’s
March- April 2008 issue
* The Boat That Wouldn‘t Float” published in the Dolthan, Alabama Weekly Xtra AD Vantage Paper for November 25- December 1, 2008 page 4.
. Featured blogger for the Clarion-Ledger’s website, “Outdoors” section.
. Writer for an Outdoors women site: OutdoorEnvy
. Blogger/ writer for Family, Fish and Game
. Photographer for Bert Carruth’s new music cd cover

*** Melanie’s photography is endorsed by Mississippi State Senator Terry Burton and Mississippi Songwriter, celebrity Paul Ott Carruth*

Additional Information

I have been on tv here in Mississippi 3 times in 2006 & 2007 on WLBT's channel 3 ( NBC) "Midday Mississippi" with Wilson Stribling to show my photography and the 1st book in "The Drum Series" .. "Silently Beats The Drum" I have been on "Listen To The Eagle" with host Paul Ott and the "Mississippi Trophy Hunters" the last of July 2006 & 2007 to talk about my photography , the "Drum Series" and to talk about my venison roast recipe published in the "North American Hunting Club Cook Book " ... "Prizes Of Autumn" .. pg 94 "Melanie's Venison Roast" You can go on youtube and see me under W R Benton The Drum Series.

Paul Ott Carruth, W R Benton and I are currently working on a book project called : "Me & J.D." as of 10/ 08/ 07. As of this month ( June 2008) my 1st historical romance: " A Southern Moon Rising" is at the printers. Go to: to read chapter 1 and see the revised book cover. *** I portion of the proceeds off of my book, "A Southern Moon Rising" will be donated to "Go Red For Women" ( with the American Heart Association) and the "Make A Wish" foundation. Make A Wish gives children with life threatening diseases a wish of what ever would make them feel special!*** April 2-4th My husband and I attended the Emerald Coast Writers conference held in Fort Walton Beach, FL. We had the extreme pleasure of meeting best selling author "Stephen Coonts" he is a wonderful speaker I just loved the way he spoke about the characters in his stories. 2010 May Wilson Auto Group KIA Sorento commercial

Contact Information
Visual Impressions Media
247 Reynolds Street 
Pearl MS 39208   USA
Contact Author: Melanie D Calvert-Benton
Favorite Links

Dancing fox Publishing
New book release from Dancing Fox Publishing! Author Jim Griffin has a new book: "Death Stalks the Rangers"

photographer/ book cover artist/ television personality
I have a gallery of photos for the public to browse and other links at:

My Western Writing Site
This is my new western writing site built for me by " W. R. Benton". There is an introduction to the site about "The Old West" by Mister Benton. You can read an excerpt from my first book : " A Southern Moon Rising" , read about me, see other books to order from, a links page and leave me a message!

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Talent photos, bio and resume. Agents information

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